Domestic assault in public leads police to uncovering previous assault

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After responding to a domestic assault complaint, Kingston Police discovered the female victim had been assaulted by her boyfriend in the past.

The accused and the victim were walking along the waterfront just off of Ontario Street on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 at approximately 6:30 p.m. The two were arguing and, when the victim started to walk away, the accused tackled her from behind, knocking her to the ground. After a brief struggle, the victim broke free and went into a nearby coffee shop, however, the accused followed the victim into the shop, where he took her phone before going outside and throwing the phone in some bushes. The accused then left the area.

A nearby citizen found the victim’s phone and gave it back to her, at which point she contacted Kingston Police.

An investigating officer questioned the victim about a visible injury, and a previously unreported incident came to light, according to a press release from Kingston Police.

On Saturday, Aug. 4, the victim and the accused were walking together along Princess Street when the accused slammed his shoulder into the victim causing her injury.

The whereabouts of the accused were unknown and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Then, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, a patrol officer spotted the accused walking along Princess Street at approximately 4 a.m. The 21-year-old local man was arrested and is charged with two counts of assault.

The following is a statement from Kingston Police:

No one has the right to abuse another person. Victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and witnesses are encouraged to contact Kingston Police. The following links offer valuable support services and resources in the Kingston area for victims of domestic and/or sexual violence:

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